It’s been nearly three months since R. Kelly posted on Twitter, but he broke his silence this week to wish his daughter a happy birthday.
On Tuesday night, the embattled singer, born Robert Kelly, tweeted a video of himself singing happy birthday to his daughter Buku Abi — whose given name is Joann Kelly.
At the end of the tune, he said, “Happy birthday, baby. Daddy love you. I love you. No matter what I love you so much.”
On Feb. 22, Kelly was jailed and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was released on $100,000 bond after spending three nights in a Chicago jail. A female acquaintance bailed him out.
About two months before the charges were filed, Lifetime aired “Surviving R. Kelly,” a docuseries that delved into the singer’s history of alleged sexual abuse against women. It included his 2008 child pornography trial, where he was acquitted of all the charges.
The three-part film sparked a big response from celebrities, fans and others, including Kelly’s daughter Abi.
In an Instagram story she says took her three days to write, she distanced herself and her family from the her father, who has denied all allegations against him.
“Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading this or affected by this,” Abi said at the time.
“Unfortunately, for my own personal reasonings & for all my family has endured in regards to him, his life decisions and his last name, it has been years since my siblings and I have seen or have spoken to him,” she wrote. “In regards to my mother, she for the same reasonings and more, has not seen or spoken to my father in years. My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do in his life.”
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